Volks Holds Spring Event “Hobby Round 11”

An array of new figures from hobby goods manufacturer Volks! With the theme “Up and Coming: New Challenge,” the event has breathed new life into everyone’s hobbying lifestyle!

AV-98 Ingram Looks at the Sky

Hearing that the Special Vehicle Section 2, Division 2 had been called out to Kichijōji in Tokyo, I went to go look.

Premiere Screenings of the Movie *K: Missing Kings* to Be Held in America and France!

It has been announced that the animated movie K: Missing Kings to release in Japan on July 12 (Sat.) will first premiere at large-scale anime events overseas.

An Anime Shopping District in the City of Anime?! The Asagaya Anime Street Finally Opens!

When you hear of a city deeply connected to anime, what city do you think of? Whether it be Akihabara - the otaku paradise, or Ikebukuro which has been flourishing with female otaku lately, or Nagano where one can find rare anime goods, there are many cities in Tokyo that are deeply connected to anime.

Interview with Anison Singer Gero

Anime songs (anison) from Japan are currently highly popular overseas, with anison singers frequently holding concerts and events. Among these anison singers, one who is picking up considerable attention is Gero.

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: The Quest for the Ideal Figure [2/3]

We give you an exclusive look at the design department of one of Japan’s foremost figure makers, Kotobukiya!

Focus: The Pullip Doll Series Keeps Getting Cuter and Cuter!

Fans are increasing all over the world! But, what kind of doll is a Pullip?

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [2/2]

“Anison is a righteous magic that crosses borders and makes people smile in an instant.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: Spreading Figures from Tachikawa to Japan and the World [1/3]

Infiltrating the offices of renowned Japanese figure manufacturer Kotobukiya!

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [1/2]

“The current age of otaku culture is a lucky time.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Popular Cosplay Idol Alodia Appears in TV Commercial Commemorating the Release of *Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd*

A new TV commercial created to commemorate the release of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, a rhythm-action game that features Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, has created a huge stir.

One Piece, MadoMagi, and Even Kan Colle - Curtain Damashii Sends Ita-Curtains to the World

For otaku who like anime, manga, and games, their home, in particular their bedroom, is a private space where they can showcase the full extent of their fandom through a carefully selected and arranged collection of figures, manga, games, and other otaku goods...

A Party is Held in Japan to Celebrate the Broadcast of TV Anime *Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles*

PVs for the opening and ending theme songs, a special screening of a PV of the upcoming live-action movie, and more!

*The Bride’s Stories* Wins Cartoon Grand Prize 2014

On March 27, the award ceremony was held for the Cartoon Grand Prize, for which recommended works from 2013 are chosen from different categories by mainly bookstore employees. Winning the Grand Prize this year was Kaoru Mori’s manga The Bride’s Stories.

It’s April Fools’ Day! Even Japan is Getting into the Spirit with Wild Pranks!

Let’s look at how otaku in Japan celebrate April Fools’ Day!

Fans Gather in LA for *Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster* Launch Event Attended by Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Art Director Yusuke Naora!

On March 15, 2014, representatives from Square Enix held an unprecedented event in a Los Angeles art gallery to celebrate the North American release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

*Kill la Kill* Collaborates with an Original Maid Cafe! Kill la Kill Cafe Opens in Akihabara!

The popular anime is collaborating with the first maid cafe, Cure Maid Cafe. The collaborative cafe, titled Kill la Kill Cafe, is open now until April 6 (Sun).

*Psycho-Pass* Project Begins!

A “new edited version” of Season 1 will be broadcast on Noitamina in July! Psycho-Pass 2 will begin in October! And this winter, Psycho-Pass the Movie will have a countrywide roadshow release!

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Jan. 16, 2014 13:006

Manga Creation Software for ¥800?! Create Everything from Doodles to Colored Drawings with the Nintendo 3DS Software Comic Studio

Manga Creation Software for ¥800?! Create Everything from Doodles to Colored Drawings with the Nintendo 3DS Software Comic Studio

On Jan. 15, the Nintendo 3DS manga creation software Comic Studio from Collavier became available on the Nintendo eShop.

Jan. 16, 2014 07:005

Blu-ray and DVD of Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion to Release in April

Blu-ray and DVD of Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion to Release in April

The Blu-ray and DVD for the hit movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, which was released theatrically on Oct. 26, 2013 and surpassed ¥2 billion in box office revenue, have been announced.

Jan. 16, 2014 01:002

Single of Silver Spoon Season 2 OP “Life” to Come in Digipak Illustrated By Character Designer Jun Nakai

Single of Silver Spoon Season 2 OP “Life” to Come in Digipak Illustrated By Character Designer Jun Nakai

On Jan. 9, the second season of the TV anime Silver Spoon began broadcasting on Fuji TV and other networks.

Jan. 15, 2014 13:002

MangaPolo - Video Introduction to the Frieza Arc of Dragon Ball!

MangaPolo - Video Introduction to the Frieza Arc of Dragon Ball!

MangaPolo, much like the global explorer Marco Polo, is on a mission to go to the "land of manga" to share its beauty with the Internet users of the world. Through its YouTube channel, MangaPolo distributes various videos related to manga.

Jan. 15, 2014 07:0010

The Huge Rilakkuma Exhibition is Held in Celebration of Rilakkuma’s 10th Anniversary!

The Huge Rilakkuma Exhibition is Held in Celebration of Rilakkuma’s 10th Anniversary!

An unusual kind of cute, Rilakkuma is hugely popular with all ages!

Jan. 15, 2014 01:000

A Joint International Project with Nigeria - Tezuka Productions Takes its Newest Anime Robot Atom to Africa

A Joint International Project with Nigeria - Tezuka Productions Takes its Newest Anime Robot Atom to Africa

It’s been a long time since the internationalization of the Japanese anime industry. This references overseas expansion from the West to East Asia, and in recent years India and Southeast Asia. The waves of internationalization now seem to be extending to Africa.

Jan. 14, 2014 13:0025

New Sailor Moon Anime Being Created by Toei Animation to Release Simultaneously Worldwide This Summer

New Sailor Moon Anime Being Created by Toei Animation to Release Simultaneously Worldwide This Summer

The release of a new Sailor Moon anime, which picked up buzz when the project was greenlit, has been officially announced. The anime will be simultaneously distributed worldwide this July on the well-known video distribution portal site Nico Nico Douga.

Jan. 14, 2014 07:006

Nintendo 3DS Game New Love Plus+ to Release on March 27, In-Store Bonuses Announced

Nintendo 3DS Game New Love Plus+ to Release on March 27, In-Store Bonuses Announced

On Jan. 10, Konami announced that the Nintendo 3DS game New Love Plus+ will release on March 27.

Jan. 14, 2014 01:165

Introducing the Cute and Pop Hatsune Miku Custom Pen Bodies!

Introducing the Cute and Pop Hatsune Miku Custom Pen Bodies!

The incredibly popular Hatsune Miku is currently doing a limited collaboration with i+ (i plus), a new customizable pen!

Jan. 13, 2014 13:002

MangaPolo - Video Introduction to the Saiyan Arc of Dragon Ball!

MangaPolo - Video Introduction to the Saiyan Arc of Dragon Ball!

MangaPolo, much like the global explorer Marco Polo, is on a mission to go to the "land of manga" to share its beauty with the Internet users of the world. Through its YouTube channel, MangaPolo distributes various videos related to manga.

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